The Labrador Retriever
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The labrador and the crossbred labrador are amongst the most popular dogs in the UK. The pure bred version stands at around 21.5 to 22.5 ins (54cm to 57cm), and weighs around 55 to 75lb (25 to 34k). This puts them in the large category for competition.
The breed is also fondly known as the stomach on legs and anyone who has had anything to do with labradors and their crosses will know why. It is because of their love of food that it can be hard to keep their weight down but at least you won't have any problems motivating the dog with titbits.
The labrador is generally very even tempered and they make good family pets. They are intelligent and faithful and once they've got past the adolescent stage and grown up a bit they have a strong will to please. All this makes the labrador a good candidate for an agility dog. Their jumping style is different to a collie. They tend to be more rounded and they don't flatten out so much. Sometimes they can look as if they're a bit on the slow side but when you check the time you'll find that the speed is deceptive. I used to run Jamie in pairs with a labrador. The highest we ever got was fifth place but Max was always steady and reliable on his rounds and I don't remember him ever knocking a pole or mucking up the weave.
Grooming the lab is easy as
the coat is nice and short but they are gundogs and they do love
to swim. You are likely to end up with a wet dog lab more
than a dry lab on your walks.
here is Lucy, a wonderful family pet
There is one
book that every lab lover must read and that's Marley and
me: Life and love with the world's worst dog by John Grogan.
I found this book totally engaging and just couldn't put it
down. There are ninety six 5 star reviews on Amazon and to
quote a couple of extracts:
"This book is a joy to read, Anyone who loves dogs and has cared for them as puppy and adults can identify totally with the author."
"This is a
loveable enjoyable story as we see how a completely mad dog
changed and took part in John and Jennys start in life
For those of you who like to collect labrador things and read about labs here's a selection of books and collectables. Further down the page you'll find lots of useful comments from lab people. More dog products can be found in the Agility Bits Doggie Shop.
I Love my Dog:
Rayanne(2 black Labs):
Stevie: Kayla.cool Baugh: Ali:
Pat comments: Cecile, I'm so sorry you've lost your friend. We all know how awful it is. I've found that it helps to bring another dog into the house who really needs your love and attention, but different people learn to cope in different ways. Lizzie came from a rescue centre and they didn't know her exact breeding. She's quite a bit smaller than a labrador, being only seventeen and a half inches at the shoulder. She has a bit of a whiskery face which could come from something like a border terrier, and her coat is more wiry than a labrador coat. She belongs to a friend's mother and is an ideal companion for her.
She is a Labrador, however, she is a working strain so a bit whizzier than usual, is very good at agility as long as she doesn't have to do it too often or she gets bored. Also lots of bribes are required to keep her running well. Other than that she is very reliable and better at agility than me. Freya would recommend this type of dog for agility but wouldn't choose a lab for agility again.
received on a labrador cross:
Comments from other respondents to the survey:
"They seem easy to train, but some can have a wider build, mine luckily is a slimmer build!!" (lab/collie)
and on the Labradog Kathy Williams says:
"Only drawback with a Labradog is an excess of enthusiasm - and you have to run at top speed to keep up...."
Both of these respondents would recommend this type of dog for agility.
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